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The Royal College of Music's dedicated and experienced professors include respected international musicians at the forefront of their fields – including principal players with London's major orchestras. RCM musicians perform with world-leading conductors and directors, and RCM composers see their works brought to life by brilliant performers. Situated in the cultural heart of London, the college is opposite the world-famous Royal Albert Hall and adjacent to the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Specialist
Specialist

Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: R56

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 50%
  • Postgraduate 50%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 95%
  • Part Time 5%

Where students come from

  • UK 52%
  • EU 19%
  • Other 28%

Student gender

  • Male 48%
  • Female 52%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The RCM library is run by a friendly and knowledgeable team of supportive staff.
  • The collections cover a wealth of material including printed music and scores, books, music journals, recordings and online resources such as Oxford Music Online and Naxos Music Library.

Student jobs

  • The RCM's Creative Careers Centre offers a range of performance opportunities in and around London, from high-profile concert halls to galleries and community centres.
  • Relevant jobs and opportunities are featured on RCM noticeboards and in the weekly jobs e-bulletin.
  • Students can take classical music into the wider community with RCM Sparks workshops.

Careers advice

  • The RCM is a world-leader in career development for musicians and is home to the RCM Creative Careers Centre. There is an emphasis on the need for students to be confident and versatile communicators, not just in their professional engagements but in everything they do.
  • A dedicated team helps students to develop professionally, advising and guiding them through a range of opportunities that mirror the professional world, encouraging students to use their initiative to make the most of the opportunities available.
  • The Creative Careers Centre offers tailored one-to-one career sessions on preparing applications and essential publicity materials, along with guidance on self-management and self-employment including finance.
  • There are careers workshops and special events, resources and seminars on how to build a successful career. Works opportunities are listed in a popular weekly jobs e-bulletin, along with extensive performance opportunities in and around London. A private teaching service matches members of the public with RCM students able to teach.
  • Services can be used from day one of study to develop an outstanding CV and a wealth of experience to help shape students' future career. The RCM Creative Careers Centre also provides advice and services to RCM alumni for five years after graduation.

Health services

  • RCM students are eligible to register with the Imperial College Health Centre.
  • The RCM's Fit to Perform initiative promotes a range of activities and resources to support student health and well-being; there is a strong tradition of Alexander Technique which is popular with many students.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • If students experience any problems in their personal or academic life while at the RCM, an in-house counselling service is available to all students.
  • There is also a counselling service offered at the nearby Imperial College Health Centre.

Disability support

  • The RCM welcomes and encourages the participations of students with disabilities. It has particular experience in supporting students with dyslexia and visual impairment.

Other services and facilities

  • RCM Student Services provides an impartial advice service to all students covering a range of issues, including financial concerns, private accommodation, musicians' injuries, personal matters and more. Drop-in and appointment services are offered, both of which are fully confidential.
  • Designated members of RCM academic staff are able to advise students on any academic issues.
  • The Imperial College Chaplaincy Centre welcomes all RCM students, and provides a place of resource, help, advice and information relating to faith and spirituality.

Students' Union

  • The RCM Students' Union (SU) is a lively student body that includes every student enrolled at the RCM and represents the students' voice at all levels. The SU provides regular feedback to the RCM on every aspect of student life, from courses to facilities, to ensure life at the college is as fulfilling as it can be. The SU also works closely with Student Services to ensure the well-being of students.
  • The SU offers a diverse range of student-run societies, including the SitSociety (See Interesting Things Society) which hosts museum-hopping and gallery viewings, Jazz Society, Football Society, Netball Society, LGBTQ Society, Christian Union and Web Development Society. It also encourages student-led musical projects, including the Students' Orchestra.
  • Highlights of the SU social event calendar include Freshers' Week, Raising and Giving (RAG) Week and the summer ball. There are also day trips and country walks, which offer a great way to relax and explore places outside London. The SU also has links with other institutions, most importantly with Imperial College London, which provides access to more than 300 clubs and societies.

History

  • Founded in 1882 by the then Prince of Wales (later Edward VII).
  • The RCM has over 800 students from more than 60 countries studying at undergraduate, masters or doctoral level; its alumni include many of the world's leading composers, conductors, singers and instrumentalists.
  • Major investment is transforming the campus: two new performance spaces, additional practice rooms, a new museum, new social spaces, state-of-the-art spaces for rehearsals and recording will open in 2020.

Fascinating Fact

  • The Royal College of Music is the first conservatoire to partner with Google Cultural Institute; digital exhibitions are curated regularly, allowing visitors to hear what the instruments sound like.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Sir Hubert Parry.
  • Benjamin Britten.
  • Gustav Holst.
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
  • Lord Lloyd Webber.
  • Anna Meredith.
  • Dame Joan Sutherland.
  • Dame Sarah Connolly.
  • Elizabeth Watts.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Address

Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS